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Vol 13, No 5 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
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Published online: 2006-05-25
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High defibrillation threshold in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. How to solve the problem, single-center experience

Michał Lewandowski, Andrzej Przybylski, Alicja Kraska, Hanna Szwed
Folia Cardiol 2006;13(5):396-403.

open access

Vol 13, No 5 (2006): Folia Cardiologica
Original articles
Published online: 2006-05-25

Abstract

Standard implantable cardioverter-defibrillator with transvenous leads systems have proven to be effective in terminating ventricular tachyarrhythmias in most patients (more then 90%) with sufficient safety margin, i.e. difference between maximal output energy of the ICD and defibrillation threshold. However in some clinical situation it is not possible, energy requirement is higher than normal, it is called high defibrillation threshold. We report clinical data of 3 patients with high defibrillation threshold among 415 ICD’s implanted in our institution (cases of ischaemic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are presented). We summarize our experience, therapeutic options and literature review investigating factors which influence defibrillation threshold: related to underlying cardiac disease, therapy (drugs interactions) and ICD system( lead and pulse generator type).

Abstract

Standard implantable cardioverter-defibrillator with transvenous leads systems have proven to be effective in terminating ventricular tachyarrhythmias in most patients (more then 90%) with sufficient safety margin, i.e. difference between maximal output energy of the ICD and defibrillation threshold. However in some clinical situation it is not possible, energy requirement is higher than normal, it is called high defibrillation threshold. We report clinical data of 3 patients with high defibrillation threshold among 415 ICD’s implanted in our institution (cases of ischaemic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are presented). We summarize our experience, therapeutic options and literature review investigating factors which influence defibrillation threshold: related to underlying cardiac disease, therapy (drugs interactions) and ICD system( lead and pulse generator type).
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Keywords

implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD); high defibrillation treshold

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Title

High defibrillation threshold in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. How to solve the problem, single-center experience

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 13, No 5 (2006): Folia Cardiologica

Pages

396-403

Published online

2006-05-25

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiol 2006;13(5):396-403.

Keywords

implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
high defibrillation treshold

Authors

Michał Lewandowski
Andrzej Przybylski
Alicja Kraska
Hanna Szwed

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